Monday, January 21, 2008

Little Blind

I love frogs, they are all over my house (not real ones - gross). So for poker night our big blind was a large ceramic frog from my sink, and small blind was this little guy in the photo above. When I bought this one, the frog right next to it had its tounge ripped out at the store. Needless to say, I've been very worried about my frog's tounge not getting ripped out as well. So when Jessie threw it at Kelsey, I was blind to all else but the well-being of my frog. Where's my frog! Is he okay?

His tounge remains firmly in his mouth, thankfully.

Quotable Quotes

"Mary had a little lamb
whose fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went..."
"....(trying to remember the exact wording)....
Her crappy little lamb went there, too!!!"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Quotable Quotes

While in a store, I came across a heart-covered-Valentine's-day frog, and told Kelsey it was the tackiest thing I'd ever seen. She responded:
"I would hardly call a love-frog tacky, Breanne." - Kelsey

"So this is it," said Arthur, "We are going to die."
"Yes," said Ford, "except... no! Wait a minute!" He suddenly lunged across the chamber at something behind Arthur's line of vision. "What's this switch?" he cried.
"What? Where?" cried Arthur, twisting round.
"No, I was only fooling," said Ford, "we are going to die after all."
- Hitchhiker's Guide the the Galaxy

Friday, January 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Jessie!

Isn't it awkward when people are singing you Happy Birthday? What do you do with your hands? Who do you look at? Do you sing along? (of course not!) Should you just eye the cake the whole time and summon massive lungpower? One tried-and-true method is the: smile sheepishly and sort of rock back-and-forth to the tune and be immensely embarrassed at being the object of so much singing. Jessie is a great example of this technique. Way to go, Jessie!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Your First Day

The first time I heard your voice was on the phone. I was talking to your mom about coming to see you in the hospital, and suddenly you spoke up. It hit me like a ton of bricks, because you were really there.

I got on the freeway to come down and see you, and was surprised at how beautiful the sky was. You have to realize that after so many days of nothing but grey and dark, the sudden blue of the sky was like a miracle.

It snowed all night after you were born, so the whole world was covered. It seems like everything was made new and special for your first day in the world.

I pulled out my camera and snapped some photos while driving, because despite the danger, I thought you might be interested some day. The sun was going down on your first day of life, and that really only happens once.

When I got to the hospital, I couldn't see you right away and I talked to your grandma about all the details.

Then I finally got to meet you, got to see you for the first time. It was all pretty surreal, and your mom agrees. Except for the very first moment that I saw you. That was very real. You were so real. It all got kinda hazy after that and I talked to your mom for awhile about how she was feeling and what had happened. But I got to hold you while we talked and you were so peaceful and happy to get a rest! (You had been through a lot).

Jillian, I'm so glad you're here. You're a special little girl, and after so many months of waiting it's amazing to meet you.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Young West-Side

I saw this article in the newspaper the other day. It mentions the "young west-side" of Utah county. That's Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain. That's where some of my friends live with their husbands in their new houses. Sandy is where they all grew up, but Sandy is too expensive for them to return to live. So the younger generation that grew up on the East side of Salt Lake County is turning to the aptly-named "young west-side" of Utah county for affordable housing. It's like a generational shift, a migration. Some of the friends that I went to high school with are moving there.

Will I end up there, too?

I don't think so. We're all so different. It's hard to compare lives with your friends, but if I've learned anything these past months, it's that comparing is futile a lot of the time. Even if you try to do the same things, life always deals different hands.